Shawn Jackson Joins Track & Field Coaching Staff as Jumps Coach
Courtesy of TCU Athletics
COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 19, 2023) – First-year head coach Tim Hall has announced the hiring of Shawn Jackson as the new jumps coach for South Carolina Track & Field.
“Shawn is an exceptional coach that brings great energy, vast knowledge and experience to our program. I’m excited for him and his family and look forward to working alongside him. He will do tremendous things with our jumps program and we cannot be more thrilled to welcome Shawn to the Gamecock Family.”
Jackson arrives to Columbia after an 11-year stint with TCU Track & Field. This most recent season, Jackson coached Theophilus Mudzengerere to the NCAA Outdoor Championship, marking the eighth consecutive triple jumper to reach the NCAA Championship under Jackson’s tutelage (2020 NCAA Championship cancelled due to COVID). Jackson oversaw four jumpers that earned podium finishes at the Big 12 Championships this past spring. In addition, TCU’s two representatives at the NCAA Indoor Championship were jumpers in Grace Anigbata and Jaren Holmes.
Jackson’s jumpers have accumulated four NCAA titles, 17 All-American honors and eight Big 12 titles while with the Horned Frogs.
During his time in Fort Worth, Texas, Jackson has coached numerous successful athletes, including Chengetayi (Du) Mapaya who is a two-time NCAA triple jump champion, five-time Big 12 champion, nine-time All-American and qualified for the 2022 World Championships. Jackson also coached Lorraine Ugen who is a two-time NCAA champion in the long jump and a three-time World Championship qualifier (2012, 2014, 2016).
Prior to his stint at TCU, Jackson served as an Associate Head Coach for 17 years at his alma mater, Louisiana Tech. Jackson is a two-time Mid-East Region Coach of the Year (2006, 2008), helping the Bulldogs earn 16 team conference championships. In 2008, Jackson was also dubbed Assistant Coach of the Year by USTFCCCA.
During his time at Louisiana Tech, where he coached sprints, jumps and hurdles, 30 of the team’s 43 school records were claimed by student-athletes that he mentored. He also oversaw 28 All-American honors and 76 individual conference titles, including 25 relay championships. Jackson coached Chelsea Hayes (2012 Olympian) while in Ruston, La. where she was named 2012 WAC Female Athlete of the Year and earned a whopping 18 All-WAC honors.
Jackson, a Buffalo, N.Y. native, competed for three seasons with Louisiana Tech from 1990-92. After finishing his career on the track, he graduated with a degree in general studies in 1994. Soon after that, he went on to earn his Master’s in Sport Science from Louisiana Tech.